Recessionary Bundles: HR Practices in the Irish Economic Crisis

Paul Teague, William Roche

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The HR practices adopted by firms in response to the current deep and prolonged recession have received little attention in the literature. There are reasons for supposing that firms will adopt HR practices in bundles in responding to the recession in order to benefit from technical and behavioural complementarities. Drawing on a nationally representative survey, the article investigates the bundles of HR practices adopted by firms during the Irish recession and examines influences on the bundles that are evident. The article contributes to HRM theory by testing different views on HR bundles likely to be adopted in recessionary conditions and by moving beyond the prevailing focus in HRM on HR bundles adopted by firms in steady-state business conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176–192
Number of pages16
JournalHuman Resource Management Journal
Issue number2
Early online date13 Mar 2013
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014


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